Q: What attracted you to this project?
A: I was shooting a movie in Canada, and I got a call from
my manager saying thereís a movie that wants me. † Itís Rob Lowe, and itís in New Orleans. † Iím prepared to just say yes now, having always wanted to come to
New Orleans and having worked with Rob about six years ago. †
Q: What is this story about?
A: Essentially there is a happy family in St. Louis and then
suddenly, the husband loses his job and his wife convinces him to start writing
a book he started years ago that happens to be about her fatherís death. It
becomes a national bestseller and ends up affecting their lives. † He flies around the country to promote his
book and it fractures this family.† Even
though the wife told him to do it, now she wants him to stop, wants him to come
home and wants things to be normal.† Meanwhile,
there is a figure in the movie that comes forward, this mysterious, kind of other
worldly, maybe-not-human character who tells Rob heís going to die. †† So Rob starts questioning what heís doing
and actually makes the mistake of trying to keep his family out of it so that
he wonít hurt them.† But in fact, the
purpose is to make him re-evaluate what he wants and return to what is true for
him and what he really needs.†
Q: How would you describe your character, Allyson, and her
relationship with Rob Loweís character?
A: Allyson is married to Robís character, and they have an
8-year-old daughter named Carson.†
Allyson is a part-time schoolteacher who returns to working more in the
course of the story because her husband disappears. † And sheís sort of a down-home girl. † Allyson and Robís marriage is pretty great. † When we originally find them, they appear to
be pretty happy and pretty satisfied.†
Allysonís point of view is that all of a sudden her husband is gone and
she wants what they have before, which is a fairly simple life.
Q: What are some of the themes in this movie?
A: Ultimately it is redemption. † It is struggling through the loss of oneís self. † It is redefining oneself compared to how the
world sees you, how the people you love see you and who you really are.